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060-0392 Nealy Gordon Farm

Nealy Gordon Farm
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001805

The farmsteads of the Appalachian uplands are characterized the frontier rusticity inherent in the use of logs, the most available and easily worked material. The Nealy Gordon farm is among the county’s more complete of such complexes, complexes crafted by the people who would use them. Demonstrating the perpetuation of vernacular forms, the residence, a square, single-pen log house, was built by Nealy Gordon in the last years of the 19th century, and is one of a handful of square-plan log houses left in the county. The vernacular tradition was continued when a frame addition was built ca. 1900, giving the house the popular saddle-bag plan. The most prominent structure in the important assemblage of contemporary farm buildings is a barn constructed of untrimmed saddle-notched logs. Other structures include a meathouse, a smaller log barn, and a corncrib.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018